Glengoyne is a distillery like no other. Taking its name from the glen in which it sits – ‘Glen Guin’ or ‘Glen of the Wild Geese’ – it is highly regarded as Scotland’s most beautiful distillery. Six guiding principles keep us true to our past, true to our taste. To change just one element would be to alter the bold, complex flavours of Glengoyne.Unpeated – we always dry our barley by air; Patience – the slowest stills in Scotland; Oak Casks – our sherry casks are rare and expensive; Maturation – each Glengoyne cask is handled with meticulous care; Natural Colour – we choose the harder path, as nature intended our colour comes from the time spent in the casks alone; Tradition – our progress is measured not in years or decades but in centuries.The Glengoyne core range collection consists of 10, 12, 15, 18, 21, 25 and Cask Strength bottlings.
The Pulteney Distillery was founded in 1826 by James Henderson. He held his family until 1920 when James Watson & Co Ltd. bought it. It was closed in 1930-51, completely renovated in 1959. Since 1995, Inver House Distiller has been established. The Wick suburb of Wick is the northernmost distillery on the Scottish mainland (on the north are only distilleries on the Orkney Islands). Most of the production is used in Inver House's mixed whiskey: Catton's, Hankey Bannister, MacArthur's and Pinwinnie Royal. Only since 1997 is a single malt - 8-year, 12-year-old, 15-year-old sherry matured, 17-year-old, 21-year-old and etc.
The Balblair Distillery, founded by John Ross in 1790, is one of Scotland's oldest functional distilleries. The founder's family remained the distillery until 1894, when Alexander Cowan took over. During most of the first half of the 20th century (1911-1948), the distillery was closed down in 1948 by Robert Cumming, who expanded and rebuilt it and sold his Allied Distillers in 1970 when he retired. Since 1996, it has been the property of Inver House Distillers, which has greatly expanded the offer of Whiskey Balblair on the market, and besides whiskey of some age, it has also begun to sell yearly deliveries. it was a prudent and successful act, since the Whiskey Balblair has since won a number of awards at international competitions.Interestingly: The heritage of the founder of the distillery lives even today. Four out of seven current distillery employees have the surname Ross.
The Speyburn Distillery (sometimes referred to as Speyburn-Glenlivet) was founded in 1897 by John Hopkins & Co. The owners had great ambitions to produce the first barrels in 1897 (due to the anniversary of Queen Victoria), so the distillation started on December 15, when the distillery had no windows and doors, and the workers worked wrapped in their coats to protect themselves from the snowball that was just raging. It was the first distillery in Scotland to use a steam-powered drum machine, instead of a floor malt. In 1916, the distillery was purchased by Distillers Company Ltd, and since 1991 it has been owned by Inver House. Nowadays, Speyburn whiskey is marketed as a 10- and 21-year-old, older than 27-year old.
In 1893, John Morrison discovered several springs of clean water on his newly purchased land. Its exceptional quality and other favorable circumstances (location in the fertile area where high-quality barley was grown, and proximity to the railway line) led to the establishment of the Knockdha distillery within a few months. Production of whiskey began in 1894. During the economic crisis in 1931-33, the distillery was closed, as well as during World War II, when it served to accommodate soldiers. The third closure of the distillery met in 1983. After the purchase of Inver House in 1989, whiskey production was restored. Since 1994, the distillery has used the name of An Cnoc for its single malt to avoid confusion with the Knockando distillery. The distillery has undergone several modifications during its development, but it still uses the original distillation boilers to guarantee the same taste as 100 years ago.Whiskey from this distillery is part of a range of blended whiskeys, such as Mac Arthurs's, Catto, Inverhouse, Blairhor, Glen Talloch, Heater Cream, and Hankey Bannister. Single mortar turns 12-year-old, but the older market is under the original name.
The Springbank was founded by Archibald Mitchell in 1828 and the distillery is still in the hands of its descendants. Although it was closed during the crisis (1926-35), it recovered and today is the only fully functional distillery in Campbeltown. And not only that. Springbank is trying to resurrect traditions - it does not make cold whiskey, it does not bind it, it produces its own malt from its own barley - and also tries to restore the variety of campbelltown outlets. In the 1990s, he helped restart the operation at the Glen Scottia distillery, and two other brands - Longrow and Hazelburn - are manufactured in the Springbank distillery according to the recipe of the defunct distilleries. Whiskey Springbank is slightly smoky, the Longrow whiskey is very smoky and the Hazelburn whiskey is distilled three times , is not smoked.)70% of the Springbank production is bottled as a single mortar, the rest is used in the production of mixed whiskey Campbeltown and Mitchell.